Gunnuhver is a geothermal area that stands in the heart of Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark where the North Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean. The area is powerful due to volcanic activity and earthquakes and can therefore change without notice.
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The area is very fragile and can change without notice, due to volcanic activity and earthquakes. The area is within the water conservation and the Environment Agency's natural heritage register.
Material choice for fragile nature
Gunnuhver is a geothermal area in a beautiful landscape where visitors can travel around on pathways and wooden platforms. The platforms are made from larch and are chosen to resemble existing natural materials. The main emphasis was to prevent the area from unnecessary damage, where disturbed areas should be rehabilitated with local vegetation and material.
Due to constant changes in the area, a steaming of the ground increased markedly as a consequence of a pressure drawdown in the geothermal reservoir upon the start of production from the reservoir in 2006. In 2010, new pathways and viewing platforms were put into use where there is access for everyone today. It is interesting to look into what materials and solutions are best suited for an ever-changing landscape such as Gunnuhver.
Gunnuhver, Reykjanes Geopark, SW Iceland
N63° 49' 09" W22° 41' 05"
UNESCO Global Geopark
An average of 60,000 visitors per year
500 visitors per day on average
100 visitors per day on average
Brimketill is a state property located in the Grindavík area, managed by Reykjanes Geopark
Landark Landscape Architects
ISK 18,500,000 from the Tourist Site Protection Fund in 2017 and ISK 14,000,000 from The National Plan for the Development of Infrastructure in 2019